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More Finger family DNA results are back
Posted by: John Vanko (ID *****0318) Date: April 13, 2008 at 06:17:32
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Results are back representing another Finger family. We now have two distinct Finger DNA signatures - two separate Finger families. Would you like to know if you are a member of one of these?

Costs - The simplest testing is through the Genographic Project of the National Geographic Society, see

The kit you can order on-line costs US$100 plus about US$7.50 shipping. I don't know about overseas shipping. Men can choose to have either their paternal line or their maternal line analyzed. For genealogical surname testing men must choose their paternal line. Only men with the surname Finger, and variants like Fingar, Fingers, or Vinger, are eligible.

What you get is your Haplogroup (DNA clan) and a report of 12 markers that are your DNA signature (your haplotype).

Generally speaking 12 markers are not considered adequate for accurate surname testing. The purpose of the Genographic Project is not surname testing but rather deep time relationships in the family of Man.

The company that performs the tests, Family Tree DNA (, will perform additional testing for an additional cost. They'll keep your sample for 25 years, unless you ask them to destroy it.

They charge an addtional US$59 for an additional 13 markers, for a total of 25 markers, or an additonal US$109 for an additional 25 markers, for a total of 37 markers.

For genealogical surname testing, 25 markers is considered to be the minimum adequate number, but more is better. To get started, 12 markers will tell you if you are likely related to either of these two Finger families. You can leave it at that or you can add more markers to be more certain.

I have found the best price per marker is with another company, DNA Heritage (, in the UK (testing performed in the US for American samples). They offer 43 markers for US$189.

So there it is. If you want to check your connection to these Finger families it will cost you at least US$100, and perhaps somewhere between US$159 and US$209.

My recommendation - if you can afford it, go with DNA Heritage for US$189 and get 43 markers. If you want the least expensive route - go with the Genographic Project for US$100. If you get a 12-marker match with either Finger family, you're probably a member. If you want to be absolutely sure, order an additional 13 markers for US$59. If 23-25 markers match, that will clinch it. And if not, you represent a divergent branch or a whole new family line.

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